28 06, 2018

Midrashim on the Goliath Story

By |2018-06-28T05:07:39-07:00June 28th, 2018|Thoughts|

Maimonides wrote in his essay called Chelek that people who think that what midrashim say is true are fools, those who reject them out of hand because they are not true are also fools; people need to realize that the rabbis wrote midrashim as teaching tools, as parables to teach Jews how to behave. The [...]

20 12, 2015

The Mystery Founder of Rabbinical Judaism

By |2015-12-20T16:56:35-07:00December 20th, 2015|Thoughts|

                                                                                                       The Mystery Founder of Rabbinical Judaism   Most people, including many rabbis do not realize that Rabbi Akiva revolutionized Judaism and that many people consider his methodology non-rational. Judaism until the destruction of the second temple in 70 CE, was temple oriented. Several major sects existed during the final centuries of the temple: [...]

3 11, 2013

Vayeitzei – Many sermons are untrue

By |2013-11-03T04:52:18-07:00November 3rd, 2013|Thoughts|

  The following is a brief version of an excerpt from “What’s Beyond the Bible Text” by Rabbi Dr. Stanley Wagner and me that was published in September 2013. We usually put three articles for each biblical portion, generally discussing thought-provoking subjects that people will not find elsewhere. This week’s essay is from VAYEITZEI (Chapters [...]